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housing. the queen unveils the plans before it goes to the polls. welcome to bbc world news. is new technology the answer for old farmers? the solutions for fd dependency. the deadline for closing america's hugely controversial prison in guantanamo bay is two months away and it will not be met. president obama said that the commitment that he made cannot be fulfilled in time. >> it was one of the obama
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administration's earlier promises, close the prison that they called gtmo by his first term in office -- by his first year in office. 10 inmates are being brought to trial,ive of them in new york. the president was asked if he understood why some americans found this offensive. >> i don't think it is offensive at all when he is convicted and when the death penalty is applied. what i am clear about is that i have complete confidence in the american people and our legal traditions. >> there are still 215 people being held in guantanamo bay. some have been cleared of wrongdoing but no countries have been forthcoming in taking them. some of them will be tried at a federal court in manhattan including 9/11 mastermind khalid sheikh mohammed. detainees could end up being
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sent to a prison in rural illinois. thedministration's top lawyer went to capitol hill to brush aside questions. >> did khalid sheikh mohammed make the same statement in his military proceedings? he will be seen for the power that he is. i am not scared of what he has to say a drop. -- he will be seen for the coward that he is. i'm not scared what he has to say. >> republicans raised a number of objections. >> i believe this decision is dangerous and misguided. i believe this is unnecessary. it represents a departure from our long standing policy that these should be treated under the rubble establish rules of war. >> the attorney general believes
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that the wheels of justice are finally turning but confesses that he saw that is far from over for guantanamo bay. >> iraqi electoral officials have suspended all preparations for elections in january because the country's vice president, tariq al-hashemi, has vetoed part of the election law. this is likely to delay the elections. the state department is disappointed. a new report from the u.n. suggests stemming the rise in the world's population is critical to tackling climate change. four womepoor women are most eft by climate change. hillary clinton has said that afghanistan is that a critical moment as she attended the swearing-in ceremony for hamid karzai. she says it is time for the
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government to show that they are legitimate and can improve the lives of the people. just a day after the u.s. voiced its objections to israel demolishing palestinian homes in east jerusalem, authorities have bulldozed a palestinian-owned building. they have a clue to plans for 900 houses. -- they have approved plans for 900 houses. >> 30,000 people already living in this region. israel is building new homes and will continue to do so. they see this as part of their capital. this is st jerusalem, part of land that israel captured in a war more than 40 years ago and under international law, israel is not supposed to build on occupied land. the palestinian prime minister
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voiced general frustration with the proce and israel's continued expansion settlements. >> they are well positioned. there is settlement activity in general. there is no such thing. there is really no such thing as restraint. >> israel is building plans that have provoked anger and concern across the international community. in a high-profile trip to beijing, israel's closest ally had words of warning. president obama says that it is harder to build peace with the neighbors if they build in these houses. it could end up being very dangerous. israel remains unapologetic. they are willing to show some restraint when it comes to west
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bank settlement construction but the building in east jerusalem will continue. >> jerusalem will have a very very strong solution. this has always been the capital for only one nation throughout history. i think that we shod put this to rest. >> palestinians say they are constantly being provoked by srael. this is one of a number of demolitions by israel of palestinian property today alone in east jerusalem. repeated demolitions like this andcontinued settlement building in east jerusalem and across the west bank has led to speculation that the arab world might withdraw their offer to israel of a wider peace deal.
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>> iran's foreign minister has ruled out sending interest in uranium out of the country. that sounds like a reduction of the deal posed by international negotiators six weeks ago. it was designed to ease concerns about their nuclear program. now they will only swap uranium for fuel inside its borders. >> once again, talks on the program are in deep trouble. it might be only a matter of time before they go to a halt. under the deal on the table, iran which it out of the country much of the rain and it has already enriched. they are reducing the probability that they could break out of international control and build a bomb. -- this is increasing the probability. the iranian minister has says that they don't want to let their own uranium out of the country before they received anything back. they might consider a swap on
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their own territory. the the details are not clear but this does not look like an arrangement that western and russian negotiators can accept. the process will not be declared a failure quite yet. the president highlighted the agenda on his asian tour. officials are meeting later this week. the u.s., britain, france, are likely to step up their efforts for new sanctions. the pressure onran is steadily increasing. >> iran was one of the issues that the u.s. president and the chinese prime minister failed to see eye to eye on. barack obama was standing on the great wall in a picture.
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>> at the great wall, a greeting in chinese and then a presidential handshake. this visit has been a nonstop charm offensive from barack obama. smiles and flattery, his weapons to preach their defenses. throughout his visit, he had been kept far from ordinary chinese people. chinese and tight media control kept many of his messages from reaching the people. >> our relationship used to be focused just on economic issues. it is now standing for a whole host of global issues. >> there was little common ground on many major issues.
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like their huge trade imbalances and the nuclear program. they did come closer on climate change. not far from beijing, president obama visited this windfarm. both sides said they would try to work together to get a climate change deal in copenhagen next month. china is taking steps to tackle the issue. they will have installed more wind turbines that america to generate clean energy. they are already doing more than america to combat climate change. the president's' idea is to have a better working relationship. what is not clear is who will pay for it all. also it is not clear if china is comfortable taking a bigger role on the global stage as president obama would like them too. he definitely laid the groundwork for a new
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panership. >> mr. obama is now in south korea. tensions with the north and many questions over p'yongyang's nuclear program or on the agenda. our correspondent in seoul goes to the heavily guarded borders o zone. >> this is one of the most enduring and troubling divisions of the cold war. the standoff between north korean troops and their south korean counterparts here on this side of the line is a visible reminder of the threat to peace and security. the threat that has attacked many presidents before mr. obama. when he meets his south korean counterparts, the two men will focus on ways of disputing that tension in particular. how to convince p'yongyang to give up their nuclear weapons program in return for
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multilateral negotiations. there are plenty of people who have doubted whether north korea intends to disarm. with a million soldiers and more facing off against this border, the stakes are very high. in the absence of any alternative, we are likely to see the south korean and north korean presidents face-to-face in dialogue. there is the hope that north korea can come in from the cold. >> you are watching bbc world news. stay with us. still to come, not exactly an old master. why london's national gallery is recreating amsterdam's red light district. first, it says that it aims to offer guidance, support, spiritual enlightenment. its followers include tom cruise and john travol.
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on australian politician has raised allegations of widespread criminal conduct within the church of scientology. he detailed a litany of complaints from former members of the organization. n>> in a blistering attack, the senator said the churcof scientology was a criminal organization. they were hiding behind their so-called religious beliefs. the independent member of the upper house of parliament was citing letters from former followers of the church. this has been sent to the police. the senator has demanded an official inquiry. >> there are allegations of false imprisonment, physical violence, intimidation, the liberal abuse of information obtained by the organization. >> the church of scientology said that the remarks for deeply
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offensive. this is part of a propaganda campaign by disgruntled former members, they said. >> i don't think they are true. they are outrageous. he is a lawyer, he knows there are two sides to every story. we will talk to him about this at any ti. >> the church is officially recognized as a religion in australia. it might come under close scrutiny if the prime minister orders an investigation. since it was founded by the science fiction writer l. ron hubbard in 1963, the church of s provoked controversy. last month, there were convicted of fraud by a court in france. >-- they were convicted of fraud by a court in france.
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>> the latest headlines for you this hour on bbc world news. president obama has confessed that the u.s. will not be able to meet the very public commitment he gave to close guantanamo bay by january. despite warnings from washington, israeli authorities have bulldozed a number of palestinian owned buildings in east jerusalem and tel. plenty of pageantry here in london as the british government
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sets out its program for the next year. this is traditionally done by the british queen on her visit to parliament. in the ceremony, there were accusations of electioneering. >> even on a winter day, the pageantry of the british monarchy still looks magnificent. it was the 55th time that the queen had come to open parliament. everyone knows that the general election is just months away. this is perhaps why the politicians looked rather serious as they filed into the house of lords to hear her majesty speak. after all of the controversy of bankers' bonuses, one of the key tthe point system gives more
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power over employment contracts. >> regulation of the financial- services industry so that they favor the taxpayers. legislation will be brought forth to enhance the governors of the financial sector and to control the system of rewards. >> there were other crowd pleasing matters such as help for the elderly and more rights for parents when it comes to the running of schools. opposition politicians say they are not impressed. >> all of the pageantry in the world will not cover up the fact that this is a parliament that has lost the trust of the people, running out a road, and a speech that will not create any jobs and will not clean up the rotten state of the economy. >> members of parliament will debate whether this speech is a bold agenda of a government which deserves a fourth term or
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an unrealistic wish list. in the spring of next year, voters themselves will give the verdict. >> police are criticizing a social networking site for not doing enough to protect children on line. facebook and myspace have refused to add a safety button which will allow children to report illegal activity and abuse. >> it might not look like much but to this tiny button could make social networking safer for children and teenagers going on- line. the popular web site has agreed that 8 -- has agreed that a link is there to help them report abuse. this also helps them to get numerous advice pages.
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>> the move comes weeks after the death of a 17-year-old who is believed to have agreed to meet a man that she got talking to online turned their her body was found i a field. a 32-year-old has been charged. >> we want you to enjoy being on line. if you are worried about something, this is where you need to click. >> the police say it is time that other websites light facebook and myspace solve the technical difficulties that they claim to have an follow the lead. they want to make sure that young people have help. >> nasa has successfully completed a docking with the international space station. the price of gold has gone up
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again. in london, an ounce is going for more than $1,150. an athlete has been stripped of his metal because he has tested positive for a blood boosting drug. algeria's footballers have won a place in the world cup. they peak egybeat egypt. about 15,000 police were on duty to avoid a repeat of e violence that occurred at another game. japan's population is aging fast and the problem is acute in rural areas. children moved to the city. that is why they are growing just 40% of the food that they need.
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one company is experimenting with a high-tech approach to farming. >> japan's farmers are getting old. on this family has been working their small holding in the foothills for generations. their only son left long ago for an office job in the city. >> i am 68 years old and i am one of the youngest in this village. people who are younger than us go away to become salaryman. >> the 18 rule population is one of the reasons why they produced just 40% of the food that they need. -- the aging rural population.
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they are trying out some new techniques in this factory. indoors, everything can be controlled to perfect conditions. the electricity bills are huge but with the crop reaching from the floor to the ceiling, it needs less land. under the lights, the plants grow quickly. there is a harvest every day. there is no lost to disease, no in sex -- insects. so far they only grow enough to supply their own chain of restaurants but they have plans to expand. high-technology farming could be a way for japan to reduce their dependence on imports to feed themselves. >> the latest exhibition in london's national gallery is not a collection of old masters. it transforms part of the
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gallery into a lifestyle -- into a live replication of the red light district in amsterdam. ♪ ♪ >> as much a theatrical tableau asart. this is a nice sized work that is provocative and repellent. american artists took five years to make it. they used cast of real people and bric-a-brac from free
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markets -- free-market. they gave the manikins glass boxes. they wanted to create a completely original tortured of amsterdam's famous attraction. -- portrait of amsterdam's a famous attraction. >> it is quite beautiful. you are looking at the defense sought, the patinas, the colors. -- you are looking at the fac ades. >> of this feels like a real indictment of the sex industry. the environment is squalid and claustrophobic. the mannequins look trapped in their cages. the real question is why bring this into the national gallery? >> you can go in there and
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explore. this is beautiful, charming. then you suddenly get hit because you can see the squalor. that is what real life is about. >> this is an uncomfortable and unlikely work for the national gallery. the question remains of what the public will make of it. >> president obama has confessed that the u.s. will miss the january 2010 deadline for closing the guantanamo bay detention camp. >> funding was made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu. the newman's own foundation. the john d. and catherine t. macarthur foundation. and union bank.
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